The London Film Festival is over for another year! Here’s what happened…

Posted at 4:30 pm, October 21, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment
Tom Hanks red carpet London Film Festival

London’s biggest, glitziest celebration of cinema came to an end last night with a screening of ‘Saving Mr Banks’, an appearance from the film’s stars Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, and a boozy knees-up at Old Billingsgate Market in the City.

It’s been a pretty remarkable 11  days. The films – from big-hitters like ‘Gravity’, ‘Philomena’ and ’12 Years a Slave’ to more obscure gems like ‘Heli’, ‘Gloria’ and ‘Gone Too Far!’ – have been spectacularly good, the red carpets have thronged, the tickets have been flying out the door and the general atmosphere has been one of excitement and expectation. Saturday saw the official announcement of the LFF awards at Whitehall’s Banqueting House. The grand prize went to one of our favourite films in the festival, Pawel Pawlikowski’s hauntingly powerful ‘Ida’, while the first feature award was taken by Singaporean drama ‘Ilo Ilo’. The Best British Newcomer award was taken by Jonathan Asser for his screenplay for the taut, gritty prison tale ‘Starred Up’, while the documentary award went to ‘My Fathers, My Mother and Me’; a look at a controversial German commune in the 1970s and ’80s. There was also a surprise appearance by Johnny Depp, who turned up to hand a lifetime achievement award to Sir Christopher Lee. Rumours that the mystery Lee fan was actually Prince Charles turned out to be seriously wide of the mark…

You can find reviews of all the festival’s best, biggest and most interesting films on our website at timeout.com/lff and we’ll see you again next year for more London Film Festival highlights, news, reviews, and gossip…

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